Tucson: The Sonoran Dog

Before I headed out to Tucson, Arizona, I researched things to eat. I stumbled upon something called a Sonoran Dog.

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The Sonoran dog was introduced in Sonora, Mexico. Wikipedia defines it as “a hot dog wrapped in mesquite-smoked bacon then cooked on a grill or on a griddle, then topped with freshly chopped tomatoes, onions, shredded yellow or cotijo cheese, tomatillo salsa or red chili sauce, pinto beans, mayonnaise, ketchup and/or mustard, and served on bread and often with a fresh-roasted chili.”

Thanks to yelp and my buddy from Tuscon, I knew exactly where everyone goes to get it, El Guero Canelo. My colleague accompanied me in my search for the Sonoran dog. It was a trek to get there, but I knew we were getting close as we passed several taco trucks selling Sonoran dogs.

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I ordered one Sonoran dog which cost $2.49. For an extra fifty cents I could’ve had a Sammie dog which has two franks, but I didn’t. I did get a Mexican coke to wash down my hot dog. I actually am not the biggest fan of the beef frank, but I was hoping the bacon and all the toppings would disguise the frank. It really didn’t. The bun was the best thing for me. It was warm, fresh, and soft.

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I’m glad I had the experience, but would never search out for it again. For fans of the hot dog, I believe the Sonoran dog kicks it up a notch. But what would make the Sonoran dog a dog for me is to replace the beef frank with a pork sausage. That’s what I’m talking about!

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